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I Love 7-year-old Boys

Today marks seven years since the last of my siblings' children was born. My youngest sister's son, Aiden, is the only one of the 10 of my nephews (6) and nieces (4) that I know as well as I do.

Aiden is a "ginger," with red hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. He is full of live and love. He also has quite the personality, including a mind of his own. (The picture I chose from Pixabay actually resembles him a bit.)

I am his Auntie Coco, and I love having been a part of his life that I had not been with the other nine, due to being in the military and living away. We truly do have a special bond. He really is "my heart."

His favorite stuffed animal, "Pup-pup," which I bought, has been re-stuffed and has its own red glass heart that I sewed inside of him. I wonder when the pup will no longer find himself cuddled in the little man's sleep.

Last year I bought him a drum set for his birthday. It is a miniature set (real instrument, not toy) that I bought used for a great price. He looks like a little rock star when he sits and attempts to make some sense of the banging. In a couple of years, he will need to be upgraded to a larger set, if he chooses to want to learn to play.

This year, I am giving him a SpiderMan back-pack filled with school supplies, but there will be a card, which has a cryptic message in it about the "surprise" gift will be given to him on August 30th. I am stopping by Cheney Stadium (home of Minor League Baseball Tacoma Rainiers) to pick up tickets. He is beginning to take an interest in sports.

Seven-year-old boys. They grow up so very fast.

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Rufuszen wrote on August 20, 2015, 3:36 PM

I don't think I can remember back to when I was seven!

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 3:40 PM

that was 53 years ago for me! LOL

Kasman wrote on August 20, 2015, 4:10 PM

I can beat that - it's 54 years for me! What did his parents think of you buying him a drum kit? emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 4:17 PM

It's only my sister. And I asked her if it was okay that I bought him the set. Of course, she said yes, because it was the $150 she didn't have to buy it, and he wanted one. I found it, nearly brand new and paid only 40$ for it.

And I am filling the backpack up with supplies....AND candy. ROFLMAO

valmnz wrote on August 20, 2015, 4:36 PM

As a teacher, seven year old boys were always my favourites. I've taught a fair few of those mischievous creatures! Enjoy Aiden's birthday Aunty Coco.

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 4:39 PM

It really is my favorite age, I think.
Thanks so much, ValMNZ !! xo

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 20, 2015, 4:46 PM

I am sure he will love the gift, especially the later one. And pup pup will always have a special place in his heart I am sure

valmnz wrote on August 20, 2015, 4:47 PM

And it's 59 years ago for me Kasman !

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 4:51 PM

Gee, and I thought I was old having just turned 60. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 4:52 PM

I just hope it never gets thrown out. But that is the sentimental me that wants things to last much longer than is likely. :)

RonElFran wrote on August 20, 2015, 5:19 PM

What a treasure to have that kind of relationship with a young nephew. I remember what a wonderful influence my aunts had on me as I was growing up.

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 5:23 PM

He is 9 years younger than my grandson, 11 years younger than my granddaughter. I did not have this kind of relationship availed to me to either one of them.

I feel very fortunate, indeed. He was 2 1/2 when our mother died, so I'm a bit of a grandmother/old aunt fixture in his life.

PriscillaKing wrote on August 20, 2015, 6:28 PM

I can remember being's more fun to remember The Nephews being seven. A time to treasure.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 20, 2015, 10:07 PM

Right before my very eyes my sons went from the sand box to the college dorm and now the oldest is wearing a butter bar and learning to navigate planes through the wild blue yonder and the other is working on a research project that will one day help doctors grow tissue over artificial bones. I swear, I just looked away for a minute.

CoralLevang wrote on August 21, 2015, 1:07 AM

I agree. I remember some of the not-so-good times happening starting at just before 7.

CoralLevang wrote on August 21, 2015, 1:08 AM

*nods* I think you are right, DW. It was just a minute.

Paulie wrote on August 21, 2015, 1:13 AM

It sounds and looks like you have a real great nephew. I hope Aiden enjoys the ball game.

CoralLevang wrote on August 21, 2015, 2:42 AM

Well, for now, he knows it's 10 days away. He will love it.

Paulie wrote on August 21, 2015, 2:46 AM

Maybe Aiden will love it even more if he has a baseball and it is signed by one of the players.

CoralLevang wrote on August 21, 2015, 3:03 AM

We'll see. He still doesn't always stay too focused. I am going to get our tickets in a place where I saw a lot of foul balls last week. And I will go to the thrift store to make sure we all have gloves.

BarbRad wrote on August 21, 2015, 3:26 PM

Little boys do grow up fast. I remember when my Jason was seven, full of wonder and curiosity, and so much fun. How I miss him. You are fortunate to have a little boy you love in your life.

CoralLevang wrote on August 21, 2015, 3:29 PM

Yes, and this is my first to have this kind of relationship.

bestwriter wrote on August 22, 2015, 2:26 AM

We all have our favourites. Don't we. I have had a favourite, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, and ofcourse nieces and nephews. They have all grown up now having their own family.

CoralLevang wrote on August 22, 2015, 11:13 AM

I doubt that I will see this boy have his own family, or even grow to be a man, but I am glad to see the boy that he is, and get his hugs and kisses. I missed out on most in my lifetime.

bestwriter wrote on August 22, 2015, 11:51 PM

I do not know whether to feel sad or happy that this little one will grow and what the future holds vis-a-vis you is just a guess.